Karaoke and nightclubs are one of the conditional business lines stipulated in Law No. 03/2016/QH14 amending and supplementing Article 6 and Annex 4  of the List of Conditional Business Lines in the Law on Investment 2014.[1]

On 19th June 2019, in order to manage these kinds of businesses better and more efficiently, the Government promulgated new Decree No. 54/2019/ND-CP (“Decree 54”) to guide these businesses, including several changes regarding conditions, as well as responsibilities.

Under Decree 54, each enterprise dealing in karaoke and nightclub business must meet the following general requirements:

  • Be established under the regulations of law;
  • Meet the criteria regarding security and fire safety specified in Decree No. 96/2016/ND-CP on conditional businesses;
  • Both businesses must install inner locks or alarm bells inside (except as per fire safety requirements);
  • A karaoke establishment must have an area of at least 20 m2, while an area of at least 80 m2 is applicable for a nightclub; and
  • A nightclub must be at least 200m distance from any schools, hospitals, religious and historical – cultural sites.

Nightclub and karaoke owners, are required to only use legally licensed songs, comply with environmental protection, food safety, copyright, occupational health, social crime prevention and control regulations.

Nightclubs must not provide services from 02:00 AM to 08:00 AM and karaokes must not open between 12:00 AM and 08:00 AM. The exception granted under Decree No. 103/2009/ND-CP to those nightclub and karaoke businesses in hotels of four-stars or higher, or luxury grade, which can open after 12:00 AM, but no later than 02:00 AM, will not applicable as soon as Decree 54 come into force.

People under 18 years are not allowed to access nightclub services.

Decree 54 will come into force on 1st September, 2019.

[1] Law on Investment 67/2014/QH13


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